Identiv’s Latest Generation of Access Control Cards Provide Physical Security and Protect Data

By Stephane Ardiley

The December 2017 issue of the Identification Systems Group (ISG) IDWire newsletter will feature an Identiv new product showcase, “Identiv’s Latest Generation of Access Control Cards Provide Physical Security and Protect Data”. Read on for the full article:

MIFARE Mini Cards
High-Security, Low-Cost, Highly Compatible Access Cards

Identiv’s high-security, low-cost MIFARE Mini Cards (part number 3510) are based on technology partner NXP® Semiconductors’ MIFARE Classic Card Integrated Circuit (IC). Identiv’s MIFARE Mini Cards are ideal for access card users that require the technology of MIFARE Classic Cards yet can fit their applications into 320 bytes and do not rely on a four-byte Unique Identifiers (UIDs).

The new MIFARE Mini Cards feature a genuine NXP chip, guaranteeing maximum performance and a seven-byte UID (which prevents UID duplicates in the field). Identiv’s MIFARE Mini supports secure MIFARE applications in lieu of simple UIDs for authentication. The memory organization on the MIFARE Mini is identical to what is available on MIFARE Classic 1K and 4K and is a cost-effective solution when applications require less space.

Intended for customers in the hospitality, education, and transit markets, Identiv’s MIFARE Mini is an excellent substitute for the higher cost MIFARE Classic system. The Mini is the lowest cost MIFARE card and is compatible with most existing systems. For customers using legacy magnetic stripe or low-frequency (LF) 125 kHz proximity cards, Identiv’s MIFARE Mini provides better security, is as easy to use and more durable, and is offered at a competitive price range compared to other MIFARE or MIFARE-compatible options.

Identiv’s MIFARE Mini Cards can be used in a variety of applications already supporting the MIFARE ecosystem, including public transportation, electronic toll collection, customer loyalty cards, event ticketing, car parking, and physical access control systems (PACS). Identiv is one of the few MIFARE Premium Partners and is proud to promote MIFARE technology to the market.

Key Takeaways

  • Lowest cost MIFARE solution in a credit card-sized ID1 format
  • Genuine MIFARE IC from NXP with 320 bytes and five sectors
  • Seven-byte UID provides a larger number of available Unique Identifiers (no duplicated UIDs)
  • MIFARE ecosystem access via NXP to multiple applications on one card
  • Increased security compared to magnetic stripe and LF 125 kHz proximity
  • Optional magnetic stripe and/or LF interface for easier migration to high security

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 uTrust Sense Minidriver Smart Cards
New Generation of Logical and Physical Access Control 

Identiv’s new uTrust Sense Minidriver Smart Cards are the next generation of smart card solutions for logical access and physical access control. From accessing Windows®-enabled computers to opening doors, these secure cards incorporate an 8-pin contact chip, similar to what is used in credit card applications. This cryptographic chip is loaded with Identiv’s Windows Smart Card Minidriver application. The secure app provides a high level of identity assurance, protecting the network and securing the computer’s data.

The Windows Smart Card Minidriver app provides services to support public key infrastructure (PKI)-based operations, as well as X.509 certificates to perform Windows PKI login in lieu of usernames and passwords, and secures emails, document signing/encryption, and card personal identification number (PIN) management.

A Microsoft installer for the Minidriver is also included which will run on each computer to recognize the PKI-enabled card. Microsoft Windows requires the Minidriver installation on the client computer or server where the smart card certificates are used. The Minidriver can also be automatically installed in some versions of Windows by doing a simple Microsoft update task.

Identiv’s uTrust Sense Minidriver Smart Cards also come with a low-frequency, proximity technology, contactless coil for physical access. The proximity chip can be programmed with any physical access control system (PACS) data formatting already supported by Identiv. As required, other contactless interfaces. such as MIFARE/DESFire, can also be added to the card configuration.

The new dual-interface contact and contactless proximity card can be read by any PC/SC contact reader, such as Identiv’s uTrust 4700 Smart Card Reader Family.

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